Types of Mosquitoes
There are about 200 kinds of mosquitoes in the U.S.; each has its own special characteristics and behaviors. Shown here are seven types that are likely to be the most common and important public health mosquito species in your area. Select a type of mosquito to learn more.
Physical Characteristics of
Brown mosquito with narrow basal bands on the tarsi. Light basal bands with posterior notches on the abdomen. Pointed abdomen typical of Aedes.
Aedes vexans is a floodwater mosquito that breeds in temporary, rain-filled pools, in low areas and in roadside or irrigation ditches. It is the number one pest mosquito in many parts of the U.S.
Aedes vexans is a strong flier and may be found many miles from its breeding site. For this reason, it is especially difficult to control. It may transmit dog heartworm to dogs, but is otherwise not considered to be a serious disease threat to humans.